You have to know the vision of God’s work and grasp the general direction. These are enterings in on the positive side. If you know clearly the truths concerning the vision, you will be steady in your entering in, and no matter how the work changes, you will be assured in your heart, be clear about the vision, and have goals in your entering in and pursuit. Then your inward experience and knowledge will be deeper and finer. If you grasp the general direction, you will not suffer loss in your life or get lost. If you do not know these steps of works, you will suffer some loss at every step of work and will not be able to turn around in three to five days or to enter the right track in ten days or half a month. Then won’t it bring about hindrance? You have to know the many enterings in and practices on the positive side. Concerning the vision of the work, you have to know several things: the significance of the conquering work, the way of being perfected in the future, what people should achieve through experiencing tribulations and trials, the significance of judgment and chastisement, the principles of the Holy Spirit’s working, and what are the principles of perfecting and conquering. These are all truths concerning the vision. Besides, the three stages of works, that is, the Age of the Law, the Age of the Grace, and the Age of the Kingdom, and the future testimony, these are also truths concerning the vision, which are most basic and most crucial. Now what you should enter into and what you should practice are too many, and moreover, they are more orderly and more detailed. If you have no knowledge of these truths, it proves that you have not entered in now. Most of the time, people know the truths too superficially, and they cannot even put some basic truths into practice and do not even know how to deal with some trivial matters. The reason why people cannot put the truth into practice is that they are disobedient in disposition and that they know the work of today too superficially and too partially. Thus, it will not be easy for them to be perfected. You are too disobedient, have too much old self, cannot stand on the side of the truth, and cannot even put the most obvious truths into practice. Such a person is beyond salvation. This is one who is not conquered. If your entering in is without details or goals, then your growth will be slow; if your entering in is without any reality, then your pursuit will be in vain; if you do not know the substance of the truth, then you will not be transformed. It is by entering into reality and even more by entering into detailed experiences that one grows in life and is transformed in his disposition. If in your entering in you have many detailed experiences and have a lot of realistic knowledge and enterings in, then your disposition will be transformed quickly. Now even if you are not very clear about the practices, you have to at least be clear about the vision of the work. If you are not clear about it, you will have no way to enter in. You have to first know the truth before you can enter into it. Only if you have the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in your experience will you understand the truth more deeply and enter into it more deeply. You have to have the knowledge of God’s work.
In the beginning, after the creation of mankind, the Israelites were taken as the basis of the work, and the whole land of Israel was the base for Jehovah’s working on earth. The work Jehovah did was to directly lead and shepherd people by setting down the laws, so that they could live and worship him normally on earth. The God in the Age of the Law was a God man could not touch or see. Because he was only leading people who were just corrupted by satan and teaching and shepherding them, what he said were only decrees, laws, and the common knowledge of conducting oneself, and not at all the truth that supplies life to man. The Israelites he led were not people most deeply corrupted by satan, and the work of the law he did was only the first stage of the work of salvation and was the initial work of salvation, which had hardly anything to do with the transformation of man’s life disposition. So, he did not need at all to put on the flesh to do his work in Israel when he started the earliest work of salvation. In this case, for him to contact people, he needed go-betweens, that is, he needed instruments to contact people. So, he raised up some men among created beings to work and speak in his stead, and thus there were the sons of man and the prophets working among people. The “sons of man” were the men who worked among people on behalf of Jehovah, and they were called the “sons of man” by Jehovah, which meant men who gave the laws on behalf of Jehovah. They were also the priests among the people of Israel and the priests who had Jehovah’s care and keeping and had the working of Jehovah’s Spirit, and they were the leaders among the people who directly served Jehovah. The prophets were the men who specialized in speaking to every place and tribe in Jehovah’s stead and were also the men who prophesied Jehovah’s work. These men, whether the sons of man or the prophets, were all raised up personally by Jehovah’s Spirit and were the men who had Jehovah’s working, and among the people they were the men who directly represented Jehovah. They worked only because they were raised up by Jehovah, not because they were the flesh the Holy Spirit was personally incarnated in. So, although they also worked and spoke on behalf of God, these prophets and sons of man in the Age of the Law were not God’s incarnated flesh. But with the work in the Age of the Grace and the work in the last stage, it is just the opposite. Because the work of saving man and the work of judging man are done by God personally through being incarnated, it is not at all necessary to again raise up prophets or sons of man to work in his stead. It is because in people’s eyes there is simply no substantive difference in the substance and the way of their working that people always confuse the work of the incarnated God with the work of the prophets and the sons of man. Because the incarnated God outwardly looks almost the same as the prophets and the sons of man, and the incarnated God is even more normal and practical than the prophets, people simply cannot distinguish between them. People only look at their outward appearances but do not know at all that although they both work and speak, there are substantive differences between them. Because people’s discernment is too poor, they cannot even discern simple things, much less can they discern such complicated things. When the prophets and the men used by the Holy Spirit spoke and worked, they all were performing man’s duty and were performing their function as a created being, which was what man should do. But when God’s incarnated flesh speaks and works, he is performing his ministry. Although his shell is also that of a created being, he is not performing function but performing his ministry when he works. Duty is for created beings, while ministry is for God’s incarnated flesh. There are essential differences between the two, and they cannot replace each other. When men work, they are only performing their duty, whereas when God works, he is managing and is performing his ministry. Therefore, although many apostles were used by the Holy Spirit and many prophets were filled with the Holy Spirit, they were only performing the duty of a created being when they worked and spoke. And although their prophecies were higher than the way of life spoken by the incarnated God and their humanity was even far more extraordinary than that of the incarnated God, they were still performing their duty and not performing ministry. Man’s duty refers to man’s function and is within man’s capacity, whereas the ministry the incarnated God performs is the work that has to do with the management, and it is beyond man’s capacity. No matter whether the incarnated God speaks, works, or performs signs, he is doing the great works within the management work, and these works cannot be done by man in his stead. But when man works, he is only performing the duty of a created being in a certain stage of God’s management work. Without God’s management, that is, without the ministry of the incarnated God, there would not be the duty of created beings. When God works and performs his ministry, he is managing man, whereas when man performs his duty, he is fulfilling his responsibility, which is for satisfying the requirement of the Creator, and he is not at all performing ministry. As far as God’s original essence, Spirit, is concerned, God is carrying out his management when he works, but as far as the God who is incarnated and has the shell of a created being is concerned, he is performing his ministry. No matter what work he does, he is performing his ministry. Man can only do what he can do within his management and under his leading.
For man to perform his duty actually means for him to do all that he originally has, that is, all that he is able to do. Then, he will have fulfilled his duty. As to the defects in his service, they will gradually decrease in his progressive experience and in the course of his experiencing judgment, and they will not hinder or affect his duty. If anyone stops serving or draws back and gives in for fear that there will be defects in his service, he is a most cowardly person. If in his service one cannot express what he should express and cannot do what he is able to do, but acts deceitfully and perfunctorily, he has lost the function he should have as a created being. Such a person is a so-called “good-for-nothing” and is a useless one. How could such a person be called a worthy created being? Isn’t he a rotten thing that is fair without and foul within? If someone says that he is God Godself, but he cannot express what divinity is, cannot do the work of God Godself, and cannot represent God, he is undoubtedly not God, because he does not have God’s essence and what God is able to do does not exist in him. If one fails to do what he is able to do, he cannot be called “man” and is not worthy to stand on the position of a created being, not worthy to come before God to serve God, much less worthy to receive God’s grace and God’s care, keeping, and perfecting. Many people have no more grace of God after they have lost God’s trust. They not only do not hate their evil deeds, but they wildly spread that God’s way is not right. Some disobedient ones even deny God’s existence. How could such people, being so disobedient, be qualified to enjoy God’s grace? Failing to fulfill their duty, they are already very disobedient to God and already owe God too much. But they turn around and revile God, saying that God is wrong. How could such people be qualified to be perfected? Isn’t it a sign that they will be eliminated and punished? Not performing their duty before God, they are already guilty of a monstrous sin and deserve more than death. But they have the cheek to reason with God and compete against God. How could such people be worthy to be perfected? If one cannot fulfill his duty, he should feel guilty and indebted for that and should hate his weakness and incompetence and hate his disobedience and corruption, and all the more he should try his very best to do it for God, even at the expense of his life. Only such a person is a created being who truly loves God, and only such a person is qualified to enjoy God’s blessings and promises and is qualified to receive God’s perfecting. What are most of you like? How do you treat the God who lives among you? How are you performing your duty before him? Have you done it with all your heart and effort and at any sacrifice? What is your consecration like? Have you not received enough from me? Can you discern these? How is your faithfulness to me? How is your service for me? How is what I have bestowed to you and done for you? Have you ever measured these? Have you ever measured and compared them according to your little conscience? Whom can your words and deeds be worthy of? Can your little consecration be worthy of all that I have bestowed to you? I treat you wholeheartedly without any choice, but you harbor evil intent toward me and treat me half-heartedly. This is your duty and what little function you have, isn’t it? Do you not know that you have not at all fulfilled the duty of a created being? So how can you be called created beings? Are you not clear about what you have expressed and what you have lived out? You cannot fulfill your duty, but you want to receive God’s forgiveness and his abundant graces. Those graces are not prepared for you worthless base people but for those who demand nothing and dedicate themselves willingly. Such people and such good-for-nothings as you are simply not worthy to enjoy any heavenly grace. You will only be accompanied by miserable days and endless punishment! If you cannot be faithful to me, your destiny will be to suffer. If you cannot be responsible for my word and work, your outcome will be to be punished. And you will have no share in such things as grace, blessings, and the wonderful life in the kingdom. That will be the end you deserve, and it will be reaping what you have sown! Those unwise haughty ones not only do not exert all their effort or perform their duty, but they stretch out their hand to demand grace as if what they ask for is what they deserve. When failing to get what they demand, they become more perfidious. Do such people have any sense? You are poor in qualities, are devoid of sense, and cannot at all fulfill the duty you should fulfill in the management work, so your status has declined enormously. I am so gracious to you, but you cannot repay me, and you are already extremely disobedient. These are enough to condemn you, and these are enough to reveal your cowardice and incompetence and your baseness and sordidness. What qualifies you to stretch out your hand to demand anything? You cannot give any help to my work, cannot fulfill your faithfulness, and cannot stand the testimony for me, and these are already your wrongs and your deficiencies. But you turn around and attack me, saying that I am wrong and complaining that I am unrighteous. Is this your faithfulness? Is this your love? Apart from that, what work can you do? What contribution have you made in all the work? How much have you spent in it? It is already my great tolerance that I do not rebuke you, but you shamelessly reason with me and secretly complain against me. Do you have any humanity? Although there are many human thoughts and human notions mixed in man’s duty, you cannot refuse to perform your duty or to fulfill your faithfulness. One’s work having mixtures is a matter of quality. But if one does not perform his duty, it is his disobedience. Man’s duty has nothing to do with whether he will receive blessings or suffer disasters. Duty is what man should do and is man’s mission, and man should perform it without seeking rewards, bargaining over terms, or reasoning. Only this is performing duty. Receiving blessings means that one will enjoy blessings because he is perfected after being judged. Suffering disasters means that one will suffer punishment because he is not transformed in his disposition, that is, is not perfected, after being chastised and judged. However, regardless of whether one will receive blessings or suffer disasters, as a created being, he should fulfill his duty and do what he should do and do what he can do. This is what a man, a man who pursues God, should at least live up to. You should not perform your duty for the sake of receiving blessings or refuse to perform your duty for fear of suffering disasters. I say this word to you: If one can perform his duty, that is what he should do; if one cannot perform his duty, it is his disobedience. It is in the course of performing his duty that one is transformed gradually, and it is also in the course of performing his duty that one’s faithfulness is revealed. So, the more you can perform your duty, the more truths you will gain, and the more practical your expressions will be. Those who just perform their duty perfunctorily and do not seek the truth will still be eliminated in the end, because they are not performing their duty in the course of practicing the truth and they do not practice the truth in the course of performing their duty. Such people are the ones not transformed who will suffer disasters. What they express is not only with mixtures, but all that they express is evil.
In the Age of the Grace, Jesus also spoke many words and did many works. What differences were there between him and Isaiah? What differences were there between him and Daniel? Was he a prophet? Why was he called the Christ? What differences were there between them? They all were men, and they all spoke words. Moreover, in people’s eyes, their words were similar, and they all spoke words and did works. The Old Testament prophets spoke prophecies, and likewise Jesus could also speak prophecies. What is this all about? You should distinguish him according to the nature of his work. To discern this, you should not look at the nature of his flesh or whether his words were profound or shallow. Anyway, you should first look at the work he did and what results the work produced on people. The prophecies Isaiah spoke at that time were not to supply life to people, and the revelations received by the men like Daniel were only prophecies and not the ways of life. At that time, if Jehovah had not given revelations directly, none of them could have done those works, which were beyond the mortals’ capacity. Jesus also spoke many words, but these words were the ways of life, and people could find ways of practice from them. This is to say, first, Jesus could supply life to people, because he was the life; second, he could correct people’s deviations and errors; third, he could continue Jehovah’s work to continue the age; fourth, he could touch what people needed within and know what people lacked; fifth, he could start a new age and end the old age. So, he was God, and he was the Christ. He was not only different from Isaiah but also different from any other prophet. Take the work done by the prophets, like Isaiah, to make a comparison. First, he could not supply life to people; second, he could not start an age, and he worked under Jehovah’s leading and did not work to start a new age; third, the words he spoke were beyond his own capacity and were directly revealed by God’s Spirit, and others also could not understand them after hearing. These several things can prove that the words he spoke were only prophecies and were only a work he did in Jehovah’s stead, but he could not fully represent Jehovah. He was Jehovah’s servant and was an instrument in Jehovah’s work. He only worked within the Age of the Law and within the scope of Jehovah’s work, and he did not work outside the Age of the Law. However, the work Jesus did was different. He went beyond the scope of Jehovah’s work, he worked by appearing as the incarnated God, and he did the work of crucifixion to redeem all mankind. In other words, he did a new work outside Jehovah’s work. This was opening an age. Besides, he could speak some words that were beyond man’s capacity. The work he did was a work within God’s management and was a work that had to do with all mankind, not a work for a few people or a work to lead a limited number of people. As to how God was incarnated to be a man, how the Spirit gave revelations at that time, and how the Spirit descended on a man to work, people cannot see or touch them, and they simply cannot use these facts to prove that he was the incarnated God. They can only discern that by God’s words and works they can contact. This is realistic. Because you cannot see the things of the Spirit, which only God Godself knew clearly and which even the incarnated flesh did not know fully, you can only make certain through the work he did. From the work he did, you can see: First, he could start an age; second, he could supply life to people and point out to people the way they should walk. Thus you can be certain that he was God Godself. At least, the work he did could fully represent God’s Spirit, and from the work he did you can see that he had God’s Spirit in him. Because the work the incarnated God does is mainly to open a new age, lead a new work, and open up a new state, you can by these several things make certain that he was God Godself. Thus you can distinguish him from the great prophets like Isaiah and Daniel. The men like Isaiah and Daniel were men who were knowledgeable and well-educated, and they all were extraordinary men under Jehovah’s leading. God’s incarnated flesh also has insight and does not lack sense, but he has a very normal humanity and is a very ordinary man. People’s physical eyes simply cannot see that he has a special humanity or that he has a different humanity from others. He is not supernatural or special at all, and he does not have a high education, high knowledge, or high theories. The life he speaks and the way he leads are not something that he derives from theories, knowledge, worldly experience, or family upbringing, and they are works directly done by the Spirit, that is, works done by the incarnated flesh. Because people have too grievous notions about God and especially there are too many vague elements and supernatural things in their notions, in their eyes the God who cannot perform signs and wonders and who is normal and has human weaknesses is definitely not God. Isn’t this people’s erroneous notion? If God’s incarnated flesh were not a normal man, how could he be said to be the incarnated flesh? Since he is a flesh, he is an ordinary and normal man. If he were a supernatural man, he could not be the incarnated “flesh.” In order to prove that he is a flesh, he has to be a normal flesh when he is incarnated. This is only for completing the significance of God’s incarnation. The prophets and the sons of man, however, were different. They were gifted men used by the Holy Spirit. Their humanity was very superior in people’s eyes, and they had many manifestations that were beyond normal humanity. So people all treat them as God. Now you all should know these things clearly, because they are the things all people were most confused about throughout the ages, and incarnation is the most mysterious thing and the incarnated God is most difficult for people to accept. My saying these is beneficial to your performing your functions and also to your knowing about the mystery of incarnation. These are all things concerning the management, things concerning the vision. If you understand these, it will be more beneficial to your knowing the vision, that is, the management work. Thus, you will also understand a lot about the duties different kinds of men should perform. Although these words are not to directly point out the way to you, they will be a great help to your entering in, because you are too short of the vision in your living now, which will be a great hindrance to your entering in. If you are always unclear about these things, you will have no strength to enter in. With such a pursuit, how can you perform your duty properly?